Travel by train from the Thailand / Malaysia border station of Padang Besar by KTM Komuter (commuter) is a very cheap way to get from the border to all railway stations in the states of Perlis, Kedah and Penang.
Connecting Komuter trains can also take you into Perak state as far as Padang Rengas (you have to change trains at Bukit Mertajam).
(Jadual KTM Komuter Padang Besar ke Butterworth 2023 / Komuter时间表 2023)
Northern Commuter Train Timetable for 2023 (Valid from September 16, 2023):
Morning and early afternoon timetable:
Afternoon and evening timetable:
For the connecting commuter services from Bukit Mertajam to Perak state:
Komuter Utara trains (northern commuter trains) in Malaysia have seats available on the sides of the carriages, with open spaces all along the middle for standing passengers (like a subway / tube train).
Most of the time you should be able to get a seat, but at busy times of the day and some holiday periods, you may have to stand for part or all of the journey.
There are no toilets on board, so if you are on a long trip, use the station toilets before you get on if you think you may need to.
Commuter trains in Malaysia are easily the cheapest way to travel around the states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak (compared to the fast ETS trains or the bus).
For fares to/from other stations, please see the following pages:
As there is no seat reservation available on these commuter trains, tickets are only available on the day on travel.
You buy your tickets from the station ticket counter, so if you are travelling from Thailand, make sure you have some Malaysian money with you before arriving, as there is currently no currency exchange booth at the Padang Besar Railway Station.